West Bengal gets a State emblem, designed by Mamata

first_imgThe official emblem of West Bengal was unveiled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 5. The emblem designed by Ms. Banerjee features the Ashoka Pillar.“We had to do this (create the State emblem) 70 years after Independence because it has never been thought of before. No one here thought that every State should have its individuality,” the Chief Minister said during the ceremony to unveil emblem at the State Secretariat Nabanna. She also said that the West Bengal government received the Centre’s approval for the emblem on January 3.Describing the occasion as “historic”, the Chief Minister said that henceforth the State emblem can be used in all the official work and documents of the State government. “We will use the emblem in all the official documents and work of the State government after issuing notification from today. But executing the process in all the departments will take some time,” Ms. Banerjee said.“Some States have their own emblem and some don’t. When it came to our notice, an expert committee was set up and the design was sent to the Centre for approval. It took quiet sometime but better late than never,” said Ms. Banerjee. The design was sent for Central approval in May 2017.As for changing the name of the State, the Chief Minister said that it will be announced as soon as the Centre approves it. “We have also sent a request to the Centre about changing the name of the State. Discussions are being held and as soon as we get the official approval we will announce it,” she said. Her Cabinet decided in September 2017 that the State’s name will be Bangla in all the languages.last_img read more

Punjab seeks debt relief package

first_imgCiting tight financial situation faced by the State, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday sought a special debt relief package from the 15th Finance Commission. The State needs funds to support the government’s efforts to revive fiscal health, along with a one-time package to enable payment of the entire debt of the distressed farmers of Punjab.At a meeting of the 15th Finance Commission here, Capt. Amarinder expressed concern over the permanent loss of revenue suffered by the State after the GST implementation. The compensation from the Centre will also end from July 1, 2022, resulting in a drastic fall in revenue in the range of ₹10,000 to ₹12,000 crore per annum, he pointed out. An official statement said that in view of the loss, the Chief Minister urged the Commission to recommend a graded compensation tapering formula to the Government of India for States like Punjab beyond June 30, 2022. The statement added that Capt. Amarinder sought a special package for the State due to its special problems such as highest SC population in percentage terms, long and thickly populated border with Pakistan, riverine and sub-mountainous areas and flight of industry due to concessions to neighbouring States.last_img read more

Platanias, Olympiacos Tie, 2-2

first_imgOlympiacos finally found a Greek soccer team it couldn’t beat, tying 2-2 with Platanias on Oct. 28 to remain undefeated in its group.The Reds found themselves outplayed and trailing, getting the draw only when Hernani scored in the extra time soccer adds on because there’s no clock stoppage during the game. It was his second goal of the game.Platanias had taken leads twice behind goals from Leonardo Ramos and Banana Yaya.In this first round of group games when Super League teams faced each other in the four-team pools that also include two teams each from the Football League, Panathinaikos beat Levadiakos 3-0 at home, with Sotiris Ninis, Stathis Tavlaridis and Viktor Klonaridis scoring.With Uruguayan manager Gus Poyet preparing to take over at AEK, caretaking coach Stelios Manolas led AEK to a 1-0 away win at Xanthi on a goal from Macauley Chrisantus.PAOK beat Panthrakikos 2-0 at home as Dimitris Pelkas and Robert Mak scored.Panionios beat Panetolikos at Agrinio for the second time within a few weeks, this time 2-1.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Imran Tahir rested for South Africa’s ODI series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa have decided to rest their top-ranked bowler Imran Tahir, for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in July-August.Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi have been included in the 15-man squad according to a statement from Cricket South Africa.This will be the Proteas’ first assignment since AB de Villiers announced his international retirement.Junior Dala, who featured in three T20s against India, has been named in the squad along with Wiaan Mulder who is the only other addition from the group that played against Virat Kohli and Co.Besides the national team, the selectors have also named the South Africa A squad for the triangular limited overs series against India A and Australia A on the sub-continent and the squad for the two four-day matches against India A.The ODI squad will also do duty in the one-off T20 International match against Sri Lanka on August 14.CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi said the squads have been picked keeping in mind the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.”Both series are extremely important parts of Vision 2019 as we plan for next year’s ICC World Cup in England and Wales,” Zondi said.”We will be facing extremely tough competition in the tri-series in India with both our opponents set to include quite a lot of seasoned international players. This series will be ideal to broaden our talent pool,” he added.Zondi also clarified that Tahir will be the frontline spinner in the World Cup but wants to test the other slower bowlers in case the need arises in England.advertisement”As far as the Proteas squad is concerned we have taken the strategic decision to rest Imran Tahir so that we can get a clearer picture as to who our best second spinner is to back him up at the World Cup,” Zondi said.”Imran will be our first-choice spinner at the World Cup but, if we play him against Sri Lanka, it is unlikely that we will be able to play both Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj,” he added.South Africa ODI squad:Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock (WK), Jean Paul Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.South Africa A one-day squad (for triangular against Australia A and India A): Khaya Zondo (Captain), Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Gihahn Cloete, Theunis de Bruyn, Robbie Frylinck, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Pieter Malan, Senuran Muthusamy, Dane Paterson, Rudi Second, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Malusi Siboto.South Africa A squad (for four-day series against India A): Khaya Zondo (Captain), Sarel Erwee, Zubayr Hamza, Beuran Hendricks, Pieter Malan, Senuran Muthusamy, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Anrich Nortje, Duanne Olivier, Dane Piedt, Dwaine Pretorius, Rudi Second, Rassie van der Dussen, Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg.Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Hima to receive government funding till Tokyo Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi, July 14 (PTI) Indian athletics’ newest sensation Hima Das will be provided “end-to-end” support towards her preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). Hima scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in Tampere, Finland on Thursday. “Hima, post her excellent performance at CWG 2018, where she ran her then personal best of 51.32, was inducted in ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in May 2018. “Under the scheme, in addition to the Rs 50,000 per month as Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA), she would be provided end to end support towards her Olympic preparation by the Govt under the scheme,” said Sports India (erstwhile SAI) DG Neelam Kapur. The 18-year-old from a village in Nagaon district of Assam, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold. As per an earlier list, Hima was supposed to be funded by the government only until the upcoming 2018 Asian Games. “Hima and the other 400m runners, post CWG, were sent to Spala Olympic Training Centre in Poland, for a month-long training in mid May, which was funded by the Govt. “Post that she ran her personal best of 51.13s at the Inter-State Championship in Guwahati in June, 2018. Post the U-20 World Championship, she would be joining the other Indian 400m runners for pre-Asian Games camp, which has been funded by the Govt under Annual Calendar for Training and Competition.”advertisement Win her win in Finland, Hima is only second to star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. The beneficiaries under the TOPS will be reviewed after the Asian Games and the administrative mechanism of the programme will be completely overhauled, SAI had said earlier. PTI PDS AH AH KHSKHSlast_img read more

National Solid Waste Day to Focus on Composting

first_imgStory Highlights The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be focusing on composting household waste for National Solid Waste Day on June 6.Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, said that the objective is to foster a culture of composting in Jamaica, in order to reduce the amount of waste generated for disposal.“All our studies, including our recent garbage characterisation study, show that over 60 per cent of our garbage is compostable, which means that it could be broken down and used even around the house to provide fertiliser for your flower bed or kitchen gardens,” he said.“Just cast your mind to that 60 per cent not being put out for a truck to collect. We would have a smaller amount of garbage, we would need fewer trucks, it would be easier to manage overall and it would then be beneficial to the economy. There is good productive use that we can put the compostables to,” he noted further.Mr. Gordon was speaking at a JIS Think Tank on May 29 where he announced the agency’s week-long plans for National Solid Waste Day under the theme ‘Compost before you dispose’.The day is part of National Environmental Awareness Week from June 2 to 8.Activities will begin with a church service at the Ridgemount United Church, Manchester, on Sunday, June 2, and include an Expo on National Solid Waste Day at the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville, Manchester.The week will end with a Family Fun Day for staff of the NSWMA’s four operational regions on Saturday, June 8.Throughout the week, NSWMA community relations officers will visit schools and communities islandwide to share information on what is compostable, the benefits of composting, and how to create compost heaps.“We will be taking the message across the length and breadth of Jamaica in such a frontal way that it will be difficult for anyone in Jamaica not to know or to understand composting after this solid waste week,” Mr. Gordon said.“This message of composting, we believe, is a very important message and if we get it right, that alone would solve a huge problem for us in terms of storage and transporting solid waste,” he added. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be focusing on composting household waste for National Solid Waste Day on June 6. “All our studies, including our recent garbage characterisation study, show that over 60 per cent of our garbage is compostable, which means that it could be broken down and used even around the house to provide fertiliser for your flower bed or kitchen gardens,” he said. Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, said that the objective is to foster a culture of composting in Jamaica, in order to reduce the amount of waste generated for disposal.last_img read more

DSP tenders written apology for misbehaviour with MLA

first_imgShillong: A Meghalaya Police officer has tendered a written apology to the Privileges Committee of the state Assembly for alleged misbehaviour with an MLA.Congress MLA Kimfa S Marbaniang had complained to the Privileges Committee that Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) W M Momin had misbehaved with him and ordered him to remove tinted glass from his vehicle on August 7.Following summons from the committee the DSP had appeared in person before the committee on Thursday and was asked to submit a written apology for his alleged “misbehaviour” with the MLA. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Privileges Committee chairman Saleng Sangma said the committee on Friday has accepted the apology letter of Momin and the case has been closed.In his written apology, Momin said, “I am to inform you that there is no intention to hurt the sentiments of anybody during the discharge of my lawful duty but in the process if I have used words that may have affected Kimfa S Marbaniang, during my encounter with him on August 7, I hereby tender my apology to the House and the MLA in particular.last_img read more

Crown seeks new trial for accused killer who walked free due to

first_imgTORONTO – Prosecutors are seeking a new trial for an ex-soldier accused of murder who walked free because his case took too long to get to trial, saying the Ottawa man didn’t assert his rights early enough in the process.The Crown is appealing an Ontario judge’s decision to stay a first-degree murder charge against Adam Picard under new time limits established by the Supreme Court of Canada last summer.The appeal, which is scheduled to be heard in Toronto on Monday, also alleges Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett mischaracterized the nature of the delays and failed to consider the complexity of the case.Picard was arrested in December 2012 in the killing of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel, who went missing in June of that year and is believed to have died that same day.The charge against Picard was stayed in a surprise decision almost four years later, making it one of the first murder cases affected by the new rules laid out by Canada’s highest court.These state that cases heard in provincial court should go to trial within 18 months and those heard in Superior Court should do so within 30 months, once delays caused solely by the defence or by unpredictable events have been subtracted. If the time frame exceeds those limits, the Crown must demonstrate that the delay was reasonable.In documents filed ahead of the hearing, prosecutors argue Picard didn’t raise concerns about the delays until days before his trial was set to begin, even though the date had been chosen 18 months earlier.Picard “did not assert his right in a timely manner,” they say, noting applications under Charter rights typically must be filed at least 60 days before a pre-trial or trial.As a result, the Crown did not have the necessary time to properly address the matter, which left it at a disadvantage, they argue.“The Crown was forced to respond to the applicant’s factum in a matter of days without adequate notice, and without a complete application record,” they say.“Contrary to the obligations established in jurisprudence, the trial judge did not consider the impact of the prejudice to the Crown. In failing to do so she erred in law.”The prosecution also alleges that at least seven months of the delays were caused by the defence, rather than the two months acknowledged by the judge.Picard fired and replaced his lawyer after being denied bail, which prosecutors say stalled the proceedings.“The respondent’s failure to retain counsel to represent him in his defence held the matter at a standstill until he deigned to do that and pushed back all the relevant proceedings that followed,” they argue.“Once counsel was retained, the Crown was able and did move promptly to set a judicial pretrial and move the matter forward.”They allege the judge also failed to make allowances for the complexity of the case, which she deemed to be similar to other murder cases in that regard.Picard’s lawyers, meanwhile, say Parfett’s decision should be upheld. They argue prosecutors were unavailable for a long stretch of last year, causing up to eight months of delays.“But for this Crown delay, the net delay would have been between 26 and 33 months and this would be a very different case,” they say.last_img read more

Edmontonbound Swoop plane makes emergency landing in BC after hitting geese

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Swoop turned back to the airport today in Abbotsford, B.C., after striking several geese.Airport general manager Parm Sidhu says Flight 312 left for Edmonton at 8:18 a.m. and landed back at the airport 10 minutes later after hitting the geese.Swoop says in a statement the airline is working on recommending travel options for the 176 passengers who were aboard the plane.It says the aircraft has been removed from service for further inspection.In a tweet, it thanked the captain and crew for ensuring the safety of everyone on the flight.Swoop is a low-cost subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Inc.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US Regulators Approve Addyi, First “Female Viagra’

Rabat – The US Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A) has approved on Tuesday the first ‘female Viagra’, a pill that aims to help women enhance their sexual desire.The drug, called flibanserin and will be marketed under the brand name Addyi, is designed to boost the low sexual drive of healthy women.The F.D.A rejected the pill twice, in 2010 and 2013, citing marginal effectiveness and the side effects. However, an advisory committee of outside experts voted 18-6 earlier this month to recommend that the F.D.A approve the drug with conditions. The pill aims to treat women who suffer from low sexual drive, a condition called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.“Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the F.D.A’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER.“The FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction,” she added.The drug should not be used by those who drink alcohol. This can increase the risk of severely low blood pressure (hypotension) and loss of consciousness (syncope).“Because of a potentially serious interaction with alcohol, treatment with Addyi will only be available through certified health care professionals and certified pharmacies,” said Dr. Woodcock.“Patients and prescribers should fully understand the risks associated with the use of Addyi before considering treatment.”The most common adverse reactions associated with the use of Addyi are dizziness, somnolence (sleepiness), nausea, fatigue, insomnia and dry mouth.Addyi is marketed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, based in Raleigh, North Carolina.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Qatar Airways Wants to Buy Stakes in Royal Air Maroc

Rabat – After signing a new partnership deal with Morocco’s national career Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Qatar Airways (QA) is now considering buying a stake in the Moroccan company.On Thursday, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said QA is evaluating the case for buying a stake in the Moroccan career to help it extend its reach into the under-served travel markets of West Africa and the Sahara.Akbar Al Baker made the statement during a press conference in Doha to welcome the first direct flight of (RAM) to Doha, as part of the code sharing partnership between the two careers to mutually benefit from seamless service between Qatar and North African market. “We’ll evaluate if we can be a partner, a stakeholder, in Royal Air Maroc in the future,” Akbar Al Baker was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.“Qatar Airways is always open to investing in airlines with strong synergy,” he concluded.Through the new partnership signed between the two companies, QA will gain access to around 40 new destinations in western African region. Being as one of the fastest growing markets, the African market is expected to grow at a rate of 6.6 percent annually.Under the newly signed partnership, RAM and QA will operate three and 10 flights a week respectively between Casablanca and Doha.The press conference was attended by a Moroccan official delegation, headed by Morocco’s Minister of Transport and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, and the CEO of RAM Driss Benhima.“This venture will go a long way in strengthening cultural, economic and social relations between the two countries,” Rabbah said regarding the agreement. read more

Groupe TVA cuts 90 jobs across all its departments cites market conditions

Groupe TVA cuts 90 jobs across all its departments, cites market conditions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2013 9:16 am MDT MONTREAL – Groupe TVA (TSX:TVA.B) says it will cut 90 positions or 4.5 per cent of its workforce, citing difficult advertising conditions for the media industry.The subsidiary of Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) says the cuts are part of an overall plan to reduce operating expenses by five per cent and will apply to all departments.The reductions will include current employees and vacancies.Groupe TVA president Pierre Dion says the plan is necessary given the ongoing uncertainty in the media industry.The company is a television broadcaster and magazine publisher. read more

Welcoming Myanmars visible strides Ban says much more hard work lies ahead

“The country has taken visible strides in many areas of socio-economic development, national reconciliation and democratization,” Mr. Ban said at the Partnership Group on Myanmar, emphasizing that the reform process initiated by the Government of President U Thein Sein continues to progress steadily. The general elections due to be held by year’s end will be an important milestone and conducting them in a credible and inclusive manner, will require long-term engagement by all. In that regard, the Government must ensure free assembly, an open atmosphere for the media and the protection of civil and political rights for all. “President Thein Sein’s efforts to engage in political dialogue with other leaders on key issues –including constitutional reform — have been encouraging,” the UN chief said, adding that the Government has shown “exemplary resolve” in striving to achieve peace.After 16 months of negotiations, on 31 March, the Government and ethnic armed groups reached agreement on the text of a nationwide ceasefire accord, which can bring to an end more than sixty years of conflict, Mr. Ban pointed out.“However, much more hard work lies ahead. It will be important that the ceasefire agreement is signed and sealed without delay,” he said, emphasizing that the agreement is only a first step towards a broader national dialogue on important issues such as the role of military and constitutional reform.Mr. Ban said that ongoing clashes in Kachin and Northern Shan States have caused immense suffering to civilians. The clashes in Kokang are also deeply disturbing in terms of the toll of lives and destruction as well as their implications for the longer term stability of the region.“Humanitarian actors will need unimpeded access to provide much needed aid in a timely fashion. The tensions arising from these clashes must not jeopardize the larger peace process,” the Secretary-General said.The continued animosity between the communities in Rakhine could be “seriously destabilizing,” said Mr. Ban, pointing out there are “already troubling signs of ethnic and religious differences being exploited in the run-up to the elections.” He also warned that the reform process could be jeopardized if the underlying causes of tensions are left unaddressed.Meanwhile, the conditions of the vulnerable populations especially in the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps remain a matter of “profound concern”. Many people have risked their lives to flee the country by sea and others have become prey to trafficking rings. While the Government has taken steps to stabilize the situation, long-term stability remains “unattainable without addressing the issue of status and citizenship of the Muslim populations”.A statement released by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson later in the day said that Member States during the meeting voiced their continued support to the reform efforts of the Government in the areas of democratization, socio-economic development, and national reconciliation. “They underlined the importance of the upcoming elections as a decisive phase in the reform agenda,” the statement added. Participants commended the resolve shown by Myanmar’s President Thein Sein’s Government and the ethnic armed groups in reaching a nationwide ceasefire accord of 31 March. They also expressed hope that early agreement would be reached on the framework for political dialogue that met the expectations of all stakeholders.Referring to the ongoing communal tensions in Rakhine and elsewhere, Member States emphasized the need for firm and decisive action by the Government to prevent further conflict by resolving the substantive issues affecting those displaced by outbreaks of communal violence and addressing the underlying issues pertaining to status verification and citizenship for all the affected communities. Member States welcomed recent positive initiatives to address the humanitarian concerns. On the larger issues of citizenship and status, they hoped the Government would urgently undertake new measures in line with its national laws as well as international standards.While recognizing the complex ethnic and religious fabric of the country and its history, Member States also called upon Myanmar to remain committed to international humanitarian and human rights standards as it moves forward on its democratic reforms. read more

Virgin Galactic Completes Second Powered Flight Test of Spaceplane

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Astronomical Spaceship ToysUltima Thule Looks Like a Snowman in First New Horizons Images Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Virgin Galactic this week conducted the second powered flight test of its VSS Unity spaceplane.The supersonic ship sailed over the Mojave Desert on Tuesday—54 days after igniting its engine for the first time since a fatal crash in 2014.“It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and to share the moment with the talented team who are taking us, step by step, to space,” Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson said in a statement.“Seeing Unity soar upwards at supersonic speeds is inspiring and absolutely breathtaking,” he continued. “We are getting ever closer to realizing our goals.”Since its founding in 2004, the spaceflight company has been on a rollercoaster to the cosmos: The White Knight Two carrier plane and suborbital SpaceShipTwo flew together in 2010.But a series of delays has grounded the firm, which suffered a disaster four years ago, when the VSS Enterprise broke apart in midair, killing co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injuring pilot Peter Siebold.Replacement ship VSS Unity completed its first successful glide test in December 2016, and another six by January 2018. On April 5, it performed a powered test flight.On Tuesday, the rocket behaved as expected: its motor burned for the planned 31 seconds, propelling Unity to a speed of Mach 1.9 and an altitude of 114,500 feet. Its re-entry feathering system was deployed for the initial descent, before a final glide home.Branson was on the runway to greet pilots Dave Mackay and Mark “Forger” Stucky, as well as CJ Sturckow and Nicola Pecile, pilots of the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.“Today we saw VSS Unity in her natural environment, flying fast under rocket power and with a nose pointing firmly toward the black sky of space,” Branson said, sounding like a proud parent.“The pathway that Unity is forging is one that many thousands of us will take over time,” he continued, “and will help share a perspective that is crucial to solving some of humanity’s toughest challenges on planet Earth.”The teams will now review flight data and continue planning for the next departure.last_img read more

David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii 45 Years Later For New Concert Film

first_img David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii 45 Years Later For New Concert Film Email Twitter David Gilmour Returns To Pompeii In Concert david-gilmour-returns-pompeii-45-years-later-new-concert-film News Facebook The GRAMMY-winning Pink Floyd guitarist has a new concert film premiering tomorrow, commemorating his band’s iconic 1972 concert in PompeiiBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 12, 2017 – 11:26 am Tomorrow, for one night only, fans of legendary psych-rock interstellar travelers Pink Floyd and the singular sounds of their legendary guitarist David Gilmour will be able to flock to movie theaters around the world to see a very special screening of the guitar god’s new concert film, Live In Pompeii.  The film showcases sound and footage from Gilmour’s July 2016 two-night-stand in the very same amphitheater where he and the other members of Pink Floyd filmed their famous 1972 concert film Pink Floyd: Live In Pompeii nearly 45 years earlier.While Gilmour’s 2016 shows were before a live stadium audience, the original Pink Floyd performances at the amphitheater in Pompeii were notable at the time for being filmed in an empty area, a directorial choice taken to separate the movie from contemporary concert films like Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, which placed equal focus on the band and the audience itself (as explained by Toby Manning in The Rough Guide To Pink Floyd).Gilmour’s Live In Pompeii will see an audio and home video release later this month following tomorrow’s screening, though and exact release date is yet to be announced.Is Bob Dylan Coming To Your Town?Read morelast_img read more

Alaska Women Speak and growing with the times

first_imgIt started as a feminist magazine and in the last 24 years, Alaska Women Speak has grown with the times and the topics that are important to women.  Carmen Davis is one of the volunteers that has kept the publication thriving. She says at a recent retreat, supporters re-imagined its mission and changed the size but maintained its print persona.Listen Now Alaska Women Speak Fall 2016 CoverDAVIS: We believe it’s important because we work to reach all of Alaska and some of our readers don’t use the computer so they like to have a hard copy. A lot of women with the new – we’ve reformatted the journal so that it fits easily in a purse because that’s what one of our – part of our feedback was. A woman could take it, put it in her purse and jump on the plane and have some reading material.TOWNSEND: The theme for the fall issue that’s out now is landscapes. Tell us a little about that.DAVIS: So the themes are selected from our readers and this was one we got really hit hard with a lot of submissions. We were so excited because we feel – I guess Alaska plays a significant role in our lives here. Our sense of place and our context. And so we really received a great deal of submissions and this particular issue actually the cover features Elinda in front lions autumn in the valley. And Linda is of course an artist but she’s also, her degree is in biology. And so that’s connected with one of the book reviews. Sorry. I’m trying to make these connections. It’s interesting because one of the books that we’ve been asked to review is also in this publication, this issue which is Becoming Earth by Eva Saulitis who was also a biologist. So that kind of speaks a little bit to the landscapes theme.TOWNSEND: And tell us about what’s in each issue – it’s fiction, it’s poetry. What’s all within the covers?DAVIS: It’s a mix of poetry and prose. And then also images. And we’ve also added the book reviews as of the last couple issues and we’re actually contacted by redhead press to begin reviewing some of their publications. So, we’re really excited about that. And then looking into the future we will probably be adding interviews of women, Alaskan women. That’s one of the thing we’re looking forward to next, in 2017.TOWNSEND: And the winter edition, there’s a call for submissions for that going out now. Tell us about that.DAVIS: Yes, so the theme for our winter submissions is ice chipping and we’re open to prose, poetry, essays, nonfiction, and book reviews and those are due November 15th.TOWNSEND: Carmen, people don’t get paid for submissions but they do get the benefit of some experts editing and feedback. Tell us about that.DAVIS: Absolutely, so if you’re to submit a piece, our pose editor or poetry editor will give you feedback and they’ll point out some of the strengths in your writing as well as some suggestions for shaping it or modifying it, improving it. So it’s really an optimal opportunity for the writer who’s emerging and looking to develop their piece.last_img read more

Dells SecureWorks valued at 142 billion in years first tech IPO

first_imgDell Inc’s cyber security unit, SecureWorks Corp, could be valued at up to $1.42 billion in its initial public offering, the first major U.S. listing of a technology company this year.Atlanta, Georgia-based SecureWorks said on Monday its offering was expected to be priced at $15.50-$17.50 per Class A share, raising as much as $157.5 million.The share issue market worldwide plunged to a seven-year low in the first quarter, more than halving from a year earlier to $106.6 billion, as worries over slowing economic growth kept investors wary, according to Thomson Reuters data.”From such a low base, there’s only one way to go and that’s up,” Jay Ritter, an IPO expert and a professor of finance at the University of Florida, told Reuters.”I don’t expect that there’s going to be a flood of IPOs, but there will be an increasing number of companies in a variety of industries that will go public.”In the past few years, several cyber security firms such as FireEye Inc, Rapid7 Inc and Mimecast Ltd have gone public to take advantage of growing investor interest in them after a spate of hacking attacks on companies including major banks and retailers.However, shares of Rapid7 and FireEye, which popped 70-80 percent in their debut, are now trading way below their IPO prices. Mimecast, which jumped 20 percent on its listing day, has also slipped below its offering price.Ritter warned against premium pricing for stocks of cyber security firms, saying that these companies were fighting for market share, which would keep their profit growth muted.The Wall Street Journal first reported in October that Dell, the third-largest personal computer maker, had filed confidentially for listing SecureWorks, which it bought for $612 million in 2011.Founded in 1999, SecureWorks has 4,200 clients in 59 countries. The company said it planned to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol “SCWX.”Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co and JP Morgan are among the underwriters for SecureWorks’ IPO.last_img read more

SHG dept to impart beautician training course to girls free of cost

first_imgKolkata: The state Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group (SHG) minister Sadhan Pande said on Tuesday that his department is ready to impart beautician training course to girls at government schools free of cost.Emphasising on the need for girls to be self-reliant, Pande said: “My department has tied up with a leading city-based beautician and has been running a beautician course. A good beautician is very much in demand for bridal make-up and for similar purposes. I would urge schools if they want to provide training in this area, they can come up with a proposal as my department is ready to provide training completely free of cost,” Pande said while addressing a program to mark the closing of 125 years celebration of Adi Mahakali Pathsala. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe minister said his department is providing training in making jute and other handicraft products, computer and other skill development training to nearly 70 lakh women across the state. “If women can form a self help group comprising 10 members, they can avail bank loan at a nominal interest of only 2 percent as the remaining percentage of the loan is borne by our department,” Pande said adding that the government is ready to help the SHGs in marketing their products.Stressing on the need for good relationship between students and teachers, the minister said traditional and old schools like Adi Mahakali Pathsala have been able to set an example in churning out students with good education as well as moral values. “We have seen that in some schools the relationship between students and teachers are not good. Hence, schools like Mahakali Pathsala should be a lesson for them,” he added.last_img read more

50 MustHave Features for SmallBusiness Websites Infographic

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Websites are a necessity for businesses of all sizes today — though, surprisingly almost half of small businesses don’t have websites. Still, there are so many design options to choose from and so many websites that it can be tough to know how to stand out.Beyond layout and color scheme, there are a lot of features that are paramount to successful small-business websites. Some are obvious — such as an easy-to-remember domain name, a logo and contact information — and others are more subtle, like an online chat button or specific pattern for the content on the site’s inner pages. Thankfully, website design and marketing firm 99MediaLab offers pointers for an effective page from top to bottom, inside and out.Related: The 10 Best Cities to Be a Minority Small-Business Owner (Infographic)Check out the infographic below to learn the best features to have, as well as SEO tips and the technical aspects to consider. See if your site measures up.Click to Enlarge+ Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read April 2, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Worlds First Mini Particle Accelerator for Highbrilliance Xrays Launched in Germany

first_imgFeature | X-Ray | November 03, 2015 World’s First Mini Particle Accelerator for High-brilliance X-rays Launched in Germany New state-of-the-art compact X-ray source allows more precise control of X-rays for preclinical research News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more The new mini synchrotron “Munich Compact Light Source” (MCLS) is located in Garching at the Technical University of Munich Institute of Medical Engineering (IMETUM). Image courtesy of K. Achterhold/TUM.November 3, 2015 — The world’s first mini synchrotron was inaugurated Oct. 29 at Technical University of Munich (TUM). It can generate high-brilliance X-rays on a footprint measuring just 5 x 3 meters. The new unit will be used chiefly to research biomedical questions relating to cancer, osteoporosis, pulmonary diseases and arteriosclerosis.For some years now it has been possible to generate high-brilliance X-rays using ring-shaped particle accelerators (synchrotron sources). However, such installations are several hundred meters in diameter and cost billions of euros. Scientists and physicians are still routinely using X-rays for diagnostic purposes 120 years after their discovery. A major aim has therefore been to improve the quality of X-rays in order to make diagnoses more accurate. For example, soft tissues could thereby be visualized better and even minute tumors detected. For a considerable time, a team at TUM, headed by Prof. Franz Pfeiffer, Ph.D., chair of biomedical physics, has been developing new X-ray techniques.The new mini-synchrotron, Munich Compact Light Source (MuCLS), is part of the new Center for Advanced Laser Applications (CALA), a joint project between TUM and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).The California-based company Lyncean Technologies, which developed the mini synchrotron, employed a special technique. Large ring accelerators generate X-rays by deflecting high-energy electrons with magnets. They obtain high energies by means of extreme acceleration, and this requires big ring systems.The new synchrotron uses a technique where X-rays are generated when laser light collides with high-speed electrons – within a space that’s half as thin as a human hair. The major advantage of this approach is that the electrons can be traveling much more slowly. Consequently, they can be stored in a ring accelerator less than 5 meters in circumference, whereas synchrotrons need a circumference of nearly 1,000 meters.“We used to have to reserve time slots on the large synchrotrons long in advance if we wanted to run an experiment. Now we can work with a system in our own laboratory – which will speed up our research work considerably,” said Pfeiffer.Apart from being more compact, the new system has other advantages over conventional X-ray tubes. The X-rays it produces are extremely bright and intense. Moreover, the energy of the X-rays can be precisely controlled so that they can be used, for example, for examining different tissue types. They also provide much better spatial resolution, as the source of the beam is less diffuse thanks to the small collision space.“Brilliant X-rays can distinguish materials better, meaning that we will be able to detect much smaller tumors in tissue in the future. However, our research activities also include measuring bone properties in osteoporosis and determining altered sizes of pulmonary alveoli in diverse lung diseases,” explained Klaus Achterhold, Ph.D., from the MuCLS team.The scientists will initially use the instrument mainly for preclinical research, i.e. examining tissue samples from patients. They will also combine the new X-ray source with other systems, such as phase contrast. The group headed by Pfeiffer has developed and refined the new X-ray phase-contrast technique.For more information: www.tum.de FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more last_img read more